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Michigan Bans Baiting & Feeding

Postby Corey Graff » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:42 am

DNR Acts to Implement CWD Surveillance and Response Plan

In the wake of Monday's announcement that Chronic Wasting Disease
has been confirmed in a three-year old privately-owned
white-tailed deer in Kent County, the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources is acting immediately to implement provisions of the state's
Surveillance and Response Plan for CWD.

Among the provisions is an immediate ban on all baiting and feeding of
deer and elk in the Lower Peninsula. DNR conservation officers will step
up surveillance and enforcement efforts on baiting. Baiting and feeding
unnaturally congregate deer into close contact, thus increasing the
transmission of contagious diseases such as CWD and bovine tuberculosis.
 Bait and feed sites increase the likelihood that those areas will
become contaminated with the feces of infected animals, making them a
source of CWD infection for years to come.

Additionally, the provisions include a mandatory deer check for hunters
who take a deer within Tyrone, Solon, Nelson, Sparta, Algoma, Courtland,
Alpine, Plainfield, and Cannon townships, which contain the surveillance
area or "hot zone." All hunters who take a deer during any deer
hunting season this fall within the "hot zone" will be required to
visit a DNR deer check station so that their deer can be tested for CWD.
The DNR currently is seeking locations for additional deer check
stations in the area to make it more convenient for hunters.  To prevent
unintentional spread of CWD, the only parts of deer harvested in the
surveillance zone that will be allowed to be transported out will be
boned meat, capes, and antlers cleaned of all soft tissues.

In addition, all transport of live wild deer, elk and moose will be
prohibited statewide, including transport for rehabilitation purposes.
Currently, there is no live animal test for CWD, and infected animals
often show no signs of illness for years in spite of being infectious
for other animals.  Movement for rehabilitation purposes may speed
geographic spread of the disease.

The DNR will act immediately to test an additional 300 deer within the
"hot zone" in Kent County. The DNR will be cooperating with local
officials to collect fresh road-killed deer, and will be urging deer
hunters participating in the early antlerless season on private land in
September to comply with the mandatory deer check.
Landowners in Kent County "hot zone" who would like to obtain
disease control permits to cull deer from their property and assist with
the collection of deer for testing should contact the DNR's Wildlife
Disease Lab at 517-336-5030. Permits will be available immediately upon
request. Landowners who do not want to cull deer, but want to
participate in the collection of deer for testing, can obtain assistance
from the DNR in culling deer.

DNR officials reminded citizens that, to date, there is no evidence
that CWD poses a risk to humans, nor has there been verified evidence
that the disease can be transmitted to humans.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose.
Most cases of the disease have been in western states, but in the past
several years, it has spread to Midwestern and eastern states. Infected
animals display abnormal behaviors, loss of bodily functions and a
progressive weight loss. Current evidence suggests that the disease is
transmitted through infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions).
Prions are normal cell proteins whose shape has been transformed,
causing CWD. The disease is transmitted by exposure to saliva of
infected animals. Susceptible animals can also acquire CWD by eating
feces from an infected animal, or soil contaminated by them.  Once
contaminated, soil can remain a source of infection for many years,
making CWD a particularly difficult disease to manage.

More information about CWD is available on the State of Michigan's
Emerging Diseases Web site at www.michigan.gov/chronicwastingdisease

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RE: Michigan Bans Baiting & Feeding

Postby Sailfish » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:47 am

Wow! All lands? Public and private?

What constitutes baiting in MI?
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RE: Michigan Bans Baiting & Feeding

Postby dtrain56 » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:06 am

How about banning deer being in captivity!!! lets ban the source of the problem...and not have a knee jerk reaction..

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RE: Michigan Bans Baiting & Feeding

Postby DeerCamp » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:21 am

all land, lower than the bridge.. this is corn,beats everything you can buy at stores.. if you look on the dnr web site it tells you what baiting is. I can see some good to this, by no baiting I can see A LOT of people quit hunting. ( this will get rid of some of those bad hunters that JPH has talked about) and two, it will let some of the younger deer such as spikes and 4 pts grow because they wont get shot at bait piles.

I also heard some news about this CWD here, this is from a buddy of mine who has a friend who works for the dnr. He hinted that the guy in charge of the pen bought either an elk or a deer with the CWD (know the animal had it) he then put it in the farm with the other animals mixed them. After that he opend the gates to the pen, allowing deer to leave and come in. Again this is what I heard, I dont know the truth to this. I will find out and write a nice little artical on it when I find out more.
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RE: Michigan Bans Baiting & Feeding

Postby stumpsitter66 » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:27 am

Interesting notes. I heard from a friend that the deer with CWD was actually born in the pen. I also heard that the DNR investigated the pen and found that there was a hole in the fence that had since been patched and they don't know how many of the penned deer either escaped or were released. If the deer was born in the pen this is BAD news all around because, as shown in Colorado once CWD is in a pen you can never get rid of it from the soil.

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RE: Michigan Bans Baiting & Feeding

Postby Sailfish » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:32 am

ORIGINAL: DeerCamp



I also heard some news about this CWD here, this is from a buddy of mine who has a friend who works for the dnr. He hinted that the guy in charge of the pen bought either an elk or a deer with the CWD (know the animal had it) he then put it in the farm with the other animals mixed them. After that he opend the gates to the pen, allowing deer to leave and come in. Again this is what I heard, I dont know the truth to this. I will find out and write a nice little artical on it when I find out more.


I hope that is not the case. If so then this pen person obviously has a demented mind or is in league with non-hunter friendlies.
"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther."

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Postby DeerCamp » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:44 am

Like I said I dont know how much truth there is to that..But I will find out and let ya'll know about it. My guess is if this is true or has any truth to it, the guy is more than likely a anti-hunter.
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RE: Michigan Bans Baiting & Feeding

Postby adirondackhunter » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:21 pm

In NY they  ban bait piles and feeding deer ,but they did not ban hunting over food plots.I am waiting dec definition of baiting.
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RE: Michigan Bans Baiting & Feeding

Postby dtrain56 » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:18 pm

I think you guys are missing the point..why ban baiting..how about banning having deer penned in..doesn't the over crowding of penned deer create a greater threat ...would that situation induce CWD..more so than just baiting!!!!!
 
ban the cause ..don't punish the average guy..
 
i don't bait ..i use food plots but still why punish the guy or average joe that does?????
 
 

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RE: Michigan Bans Baiting & Feeding

Postby JOEL » Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:44 pm

because its spread from the deer contact and some baiting concentrates the deer ,its a quick fix.i also agree that penned up herds should be put on hold or reevaluated
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